The final fling for Royal Ascot 2023 comes along on Saturday with day five of the extravaganza in Berkshire including the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes as the feature race.
The concluding afternoon also features the Chesham, Jersey and Hardwicke Stakes, the Wokingham and Golden Gate handicaps and, finally, the Queen Alexandra Stakes – the longest race of the entire meeting.
Every race from this week can be viewed via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming Service and here's our look ahead to day three of the meeting.
|What||Royal Ascot Day Five|
|When||2.30-6.10, Saturday 24th June|
|How to watch||bet365 Sports Live Streaming, ITV & Sky Sports Racing|
The formidable Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore axis will be hoping to strike early with Pearls And Rubies (9/4), the No Nay Never filly having needed every yard of 5f at Navan in her winning debut this month and looking to progress now upped in trip for a trainer with six wins in this race.
The Ballydoyle chief counts Content (13/2) as a useful second string to his bow.
Home hopes are headed by La Guarida (6/1) for Richard Hannon and Kevin Stott, a winner four weeks ago at Goodwood having previously finished third in a hot race at Newmarket on debut.
Covey (9/4) looks like going off strong favourite here after the Frankel colt made it three wins on the spin when defying an opening handicap mark of 93 at in last month's Silver Bowl at .
He dominated from the front there and came away stylishly, suggesting Frankie Dettori's mount will prove popular with punters.
The Italian rider would love to end Saturday afternoon in front of Moore in their respective career total winners at Royal Ascot tallies. He leads by three and this could be a pivotal clash as Moore partners The Antarctic (13/2) for Aidan O'Brien.
He won the Group 3 Lacken Stakes on home soil last month – beating a next-time-out Group 3 winner – and has untapped potential now rising to this 7f distance.
Amongst those bidding to upstage the top duo will be unbeaten Lope De Vega colt Enfjaar (7/1) for Roger Varian and Jim Crowley, as well as Mysterious Night (8/1) – the latter a Grade 1 winner in America last year but forced to shoulder a 5lb penalty now.
The final Group 1 of the meeting and it boasts a truly international field with Britain joined by contenders from France, Hong Kong, Australia and the United States, while the Irish sit this one out.
A Group 1 winner in Hong Kong, Wellington (5/1) has been butting heads with superstar Lucky Sweynesse on home soil and has old friend Moore on board for this first run away from Sha Tin.
Home homes include Highfield Princess (9/2), a rather unfortunate second in the King's Stand on Tuesday and a three-time Group 1 winner last season and her fellow mare Sacred (9/1), a fast-finishing fourth in this last year and seemingly on great terms with herself at Lingfield on her comeback.
Hukum () defied a year off and a drop in trip to turn over hitherto unbeaten Desert Crown in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown last month, a remarkable training effort from Owen Burrows given that his charge was being touted for retirement last year.
He has won 2-3 at Ascot, all over C&D, and was third in a soft-ground renewal of this race in 2021.
He beat Pyledriver () into second when landing the Coronation Cup at Epsom last summer before that rival rebounded to win the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes over C&D here in July. He has been off since and fitness might be a worry now.
The remainder are all 4YOs for whom there could be better days ahead, including Aidan O'Brien's Changingoftheguard (9/1) and Charlie Fellowes' Grand Alliance (33/1), first and second in the King Edward at this meeting last year, and James Ferguson's Deauville Legend (7/1), winner of the Great Voltigeur at York last summer and last spotted posting a solid fourth in the Melbourne Cup in November.
Duca Di Como (40/1) is one of the more interesting contenders, representing trainer Catherin Erichsen.
He's a prolific winner in Norway/Sweden over further, arrives off the back of a convincing success and has seemingly been given a chance by the handicapper on this first British start.
Orazio (6/1) will head the betting for Charlie Hills and William Buick after successive wins at Newmarket and here over C&D (soft) this spring. He's 9lb higher this time and quick ground poses a question.
Probe (10/1) has some good recent form and is the mount of Moore for Jennie Candlish, while Khanjar (10/1) is a contender for William Haggas in the Shadwell colours and King Power runner Bielsa (20/1) arrives in form for Kevin Ryan.
The likes of Summerghand (20/1) and Mums Tipple are veterans of this type of race and cannot be overlooked, while Mr Wagyu (16/1) was fourth in this a year ago and returns with a chance for Highfield Princess' trainer John Quinn.
The final handicap contest of the week and, yet again, it sees Moore and Dettori partnering two of the leading contenders in the market via Canute (10/3) and Knockbrex () for the O'Brien and Charlie Johnston teams.
The latter also saddles Lion Of War (8/1) in the Qatar Racing colours with on board. He won at Musselburgh last month over a furlong shorter and is unexposed at this distance.
Teofilo colt Cuban Dawn () has shaped with plenty of promise in three Irish starts and Jim Bolger has secured the services of Hollie Doyle for this handicap debut so he's certainly another one to pay attention to.
The last hurrah, the longest race of the entire meeting and a contest that Willie Mullins' Stratum (2/1) has won for the last two years.
Buick retains the seat after partnering him last year and that leaves Moore with the ride on Dawn Rising (4/1) for Joseph O'Brien as owner JP McManus bids to get in on the act with a rare Royal Ascot runner.
Last season's Cesarewitch winner Run For Oscar (7/2) goes for Charles Byrnes with Crowley on top, and when adding in former Chester Cup winner Falcon Eight (13/2) – having his third attempt at this – for Dermot Weld, this race has the feel of a typical bumper with Irish runners dominant in the market.
Andrew Balding's filly Typewriter (9/1) – fourth in a York Group 3 over 1m6f last month when going strongest at the finish – tackles this sort of trip for the first time and gets weight under Murphy.
She leads the British challenge on paper, while talented but quirky hurdler Goshen (16/1) is an interesting candidate takes on this sort of trip on the Flat for the first time, albeit the figures say Gary Moore's popular 7YO has work to do.
Both Group 1 contests feature red-hot favourites in the shape of Little Big Bear and Tahiyra as they look to leave Irish eyes smiling on day four at Royal Ascot.
This should be an excellent start to day four, with lots of highly promising fillies bidding to enhance lofty reputations.
A total of 18 are engaged and half of them are unbeaten.
George Boughey's Soprano (7/2) hit all the right notes in a winning debut at Newmarket last month, winning what tends to be a good maiden at the Guineas meeting and doing it well.
Jabaara (11/2) was well touted ahead of her Newmarket debut five weeks ago and she overcame some trouble in running to win in the style of a smart filly, Roger Varian can have leading hopes for her now.
Catterick winner Flaccianello (33/1) could outrun a big price for Richard Fahey, while other once-raced winners include Matrika (10/1) for Aidan O'Brien and Do It With Style (20/1) for his son Donnacha.
Simon & Ed Crisford saw Carla's Way (7/2) score in commanding fashion at Doncaster earlier this month on debut, form already franked by the second, and she promises a big run now under James Doyle.
The first of the Group 1 contests and it is a 6f sprint for the three-year-olds.
Now in its ninth year, this race has gone to eight different trainers previously, with no winner returning an SP higher than 12/1.
Little Big Bear (1/1) is the hot favourite to ensure Aidan O'Brien becomes the first repeat winner – Caravaggio won for him in 2017 – after last month's Sandy Lane win at Haydock banished memories of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
His outstanding 2YO form at sprint trips ensures he is the one they all have to fear now.
Horses that have tackled a mile early in their Classic season only to return to sprinting tend to fare well in this.
William Buick and Charlie Appleby are towards the top of the market with Al Nafir (5/1), a brother to the mighty Ghaiyyath.
He ended last season winning at Newmarket and could have more to come having been gelded since.
A field of 19 are set to contest this tough race, with Andrew Balding's Teumessias Fox (4/1) and the Joseph O'Brien runner Okita Soushi (6/1) towards the front of the market – the latter will have Ryan Moore for company.
A much-anticipated rematch between Newmarket 1000 Guineas first and second Mawj and Tahiyra (4/7) failed to materialise after the former was ruled out last week.
In her absence, the subsequent Curragh Classic winner should be hard to stop for trainer Dermot Weld – who is aiming for a second win in this race a mere 45 years after his first!
Tahiyra didn't appear to dig too deep into the well to win the Irish Guineas, once more repelling old foe Meditate (5/1), and she's very much the one to beat now.
Comhra (25/1) ran a cracker in that Irish Guineas and only narrowly missed out on second in first-time cheekpieces, she could have minor claims for Jim Bolger, who has secured William Buick to ride.
Queen For You (8/1) was just touched off at York five weeks ago by Sounds Of Heaven (10/1), they are both entitled to improve for the Gosdens and Jessica Harrington, while Remarquee (33/1) and Mammas Girl (22/1) have plenty of ground to make up based on their Newmarket runs behind Tahiyra in May.
Hayley Turner has won this race twice in the last four years and so Balalaika (66/1) may garner some interest after a couple of decent efforts lately in defeat.
The usual suspects can be found at the front of the market.
Coppice (5/1) races in the Juddmonte silks for the Gosdens and Frankie Dettori and could easily be better than this opening handicap mark of 97.
Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore meanwhile combine with Jackie Oh (7/1) a half-sister to the 2020 winner Onassis.
It's been an excellent season to date for Amo Racing and the Richard Hannon-trained Magical Sunset (22/1) is a class-dropper that needs close monitoring under in-form Kevin Stott for a yard with two wins in the previous eight years in this tricky contest.
King Of Steel (1/1) for a few strides found himself clear of the field in the Epsom Derby three weeks before getting reeled back by the outstanding winner Auguste Rodin.
This Wootton Bassett colt did, however, finish almost five lengths clear of the third in that Classic on what his seasonal reappearance and first start, having moved to Roger Varian.
A replication of that effort will surely make him tough to beat in this company.
Continuous (5/1) was only third in last month's Dante and has since run a below-par race in the French Derby, leaving Aidan O'Brien's contender with something to prove now.
Relentless Voyager (28/1) has improved with each start, finishing third in the Group 2 Italian Derby recently and may still be capable of better but it's likely that the Frankie Dettori-partnered Arrest (3/1) poses the main threat to the jolly.
The Frankel colt won the Chester Vase impressively in May and went off favourite at Epsom in the Derby, where he was only tenth with his rider reporting he didn't enjoy the quirk nature of the famous Downs. They could bounce back now.
A Royal Ascot dash to round things off on day four.
Conquistador was 0-4 prior to joining George Boughey but has won both starts on the all-weather for his new trainer. That latest of those came in March at Lingfield and given that he is only 3lb back on turf, he heads the market at 11/2.
With more than two centuries of history, this is one of racing's most fabled events – but who will be adding their name to the roll of honour in the 2023 version?
There's also the Norfolk Stakes, the Ribblesdale Stakes and the Hampton Court to look forward to on day three and plenty more besides.
Wesley Ward's runners haven't quite been getting home in their races so far but it wouldn't be any kind of shock if the US handler manages to hit the target somewhere.
American Rascal (10/3) is out of connections' of Queen Mary and King's Stand winner Lady Aurelia and showed plenty of the family dash when scoring on debut at Keeneland in April. Ward has won this race twice since 2013 and has another fascinating contender now.
The one to beat is probably Karl Burke's Elite Status (13/8) after the Havana Grey colt backed up his Doncaster debut win with a five-length demolition of his rivals in the Listed National Stakes at Sandown four weeks ago.
On that evidence, he's going to rise up the sprinting ranks and his colours were carried to success twice on day one of the meeting.
That Irish duo were right behind Givemethebeatboys in the Marble Hills Stakes at the Curragh last month and saw that form boosted as the winner ran a fine fourth in the Coventry Stakes here on Tuesday.
Top weight in this handicap is the burden of Bertinelli (7/1), the lightly-raced son of Justify, but his win in the London Gold Cup at Newbury last time was an excellent effort and he has plenty of room for better now for the O'Brien-Moore axis.
He must concede 7lb to Tagabawa (7/2), the New Approach gelding representing last year's winning team of and William Buick. He impressed in his seasonal/handicap bow at Kempton in April when upped to this trip and may go well despite this 12lb higher mark.
Perfuse (7/1) is making progress in the Juddmonte silks for Sir Michael Stoute after winning novice contests at Nottingham and Doncaster. An undoutbed talent,undoubted he handles any ground and is respected on his handicap introduction.
The hat-trick-seeking Wonder Legend (8/1) for James Ferguson and Royal runner Desert Hero () for William Haggas are also notables in this tough 20-runner puzzle.
The Ribblesdale Stakes surely revolves around the impressive Frankel filly Al Asifah (5/6) for in the Shadwell silks with Jim Crowley on board.
She's won her two starts and took the rise into Listed company in her stride at Goodwood a mere 11 days ago, showing push-button acceleration to put the race to bed in a matter of strides.
Connections have elected to come for this race and she casts a long shadow over this Group 2.
The likes of O'Brien's Warm Heart (12/1) and Ralph Beckett's Bluestocking (7/1) finished first and second in Listed company at Newbury last month and they join Stoute's Infinite Cosmos (6/1) as potential improvers but it's Al Asifah that sets a lofty standard.
The centrepiece of the meeting. Defending champion Kyprios is posted missing and that leaves specialist Coltrane (10/3) as the one to beat for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy as the 6YO looks better than ever this spring.
Trueshan (20/1) beat him here on Champions Day last term and Alan King will be delighted by the recent rainfall.
O'Brien's top contender appears to be Emily Dickinson (6/1), the filly looking to put a poor run at Leopardstown last month behind her but is a key player on earlier form. Ryan Moore rides as the Ballydoyle handler bids for a record-extending ninth win.
Yibir (10/1) has stamina to prove if Appleby is going to get his hands on this prize, while 2021 winner Subjectivist (10/1) has endured a tough time since but showed in Dubai this spring that his fire still burns.
Last year's St Leger winner (and the Queen's Vase here) Eldar Eldarov () threatens to enjoy this trip and Roger Varian's charge put up an excellent effort on his return in the Yorkshire Cup when second under a penalty. The Gold Cup class of 2023 are ready to have their moment in the sun.
A field of 30 are set to load into the starting stalls for this Britannia Stakes and the open nature of the contest is illustrated by Frankie Dettori's mount Quantum Impact (8/1) being the only one trading at single-figure odds.
Docklands (10/1) for Harry Eustace and Hayley Turner has attracted support in the betting and looks progressive after making it successive wins when going clear over C&D last month.
Meanwhile, New Endeavour (16/1) could be a player if acting as well on turf as he does on synthetics for Varian and recent Chester winner Saxon King (14/1) is turned out quickly by Charlie Hills under a penalty.
The final group-race offering on day three and it looks to be wide open. The Gosdens play a strong hand with Epictetus (5/1) and Torito (), a pair of lightly-raced Kingman colts with scope for improvement in the same colours.
Dettori rides the former in first-time cheekpieces, with Benoit De La Sayette partnering Torito again after steering him to an impressive handicap debut success at Epsom on Derby day. They are rated 10lb higher now.
Top connections are all represented as Drumroll (11/2) goes for O'Brien and Moore, while Appleby and Buick have Bold Act (7/1) and Ed Walker's Waipiro (12/1) seeks to get back on track after finishing sixth in the Derby at Epsom – a race in which little went right for him.
Another head-scratcher to complete the afternoon but, once more, there's value to be had as it is 10/1 the field and SIX places are on offer.
David O'Meara will hope Rhoscolyn (20/1) has a big effort in him in a race that may be run to suit, while his now-stablemate Bopedro () relishes these big field handicaps and is 2lb lower than when running well in the Hunt Cup last summer for Jessica Harrington.
Royal Ascot is now up and running after a spectacular opening show and the top-class action keeps on coming as we head into day two on Wednesday.
Every race from this week can be viewed via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform and here's our look ahead to day two of the meeting.
What an opener is in store at Ascot as 26 fillies get set to scorch across the flying five-furlongs in pursuit of Queen Mary glory.
This Group 2 contest typically features a host of precocious talents, many with just one or two runs behind them and lots with winning form in the bank.
Dual winner Got To Love A Grey (9/1) also represents the Burke team, while Kodiac filly Relief Rally (8/1) has excellent credentials for William Haggas based on wins at Windsor and - both of which had some substance to them.
It's on to the round course for this mile handicap for the fillies and it's another packed line-up with 19 declared for battle.
It's a big week for Frankie Dettori as he bids farewell to this iconic meeting and he partners Tamarama for Ralph Beckett here. She's 5lb higher after her win at Kempton a fortnight ago but remains a solid looking contender.
Ryan Moore is the man who will likely be attempting to thwart Dettori wherever he looks this week and he's on board Crystal Caprice for Sir Michael Stoute. She's on a career-high mark of 101, but has been contesting Listed races this season and the Frankel filly is a player.
Yerwanthere (8/1) and Adelaise (12/1) give Joseph O'Brien a strong hand, while Tarrabb (10/1) for William Haggas and Lady Eros for the Gosdens with Oisin Murphy riding are other notables in the market.
Back over to the straight mile for this Fillies' & Mares' Group 2 contest as Jumbly (9/4) and Prosperous Voyage vie for favouritism in what could unfold as another Moore vs. Dettori battle.
Gleneagles filly Jumbly won the Valiant Stakes on the round course here on her final start for Harry & Roger Charlton last July before changing hands for a cool 1,250,000 gns.
The Irishman also saddles Honey Girl under Dylan McMonagle, but it's Prosperous Voyage who appears the big danger after Ralph Beckett's 2022 Falmouth Stakes winner bagged the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom under Dettori earlier this month.
Just six will enter the stalls for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes but it's quality field.
Adayar (9/4) was the 2021 Epsom Derby hero and charge looked good when winning the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Newmarket last month on his comeback - defeating next-time-out Longchamp Group 1 winner Anmaat in second spot.
My Prospero is closely-matched with the front two from the Champion Stakes last season and was a pleasing fourth in the Lockinge over a mile at Newbury on his comeback. He is suited going back up in trip now.
Mostahdaf (25/1) for Team Gosden in the Shadwell silks and intriguing American raider Classic Causeway have most to find on paper.
One of the toughest punting puzzles of the week is always the Hunt Cup, with a field of 31 declared for the dash over the straight mile.
The Golden Horn colt impressed in his debut win at Haydock in April and last month he easily won a Listed race at Goodwood over 1m3f despite showing signs of inexperience. He was strongest at the line and should handle this longer trip on that evidence.
The big yards are queuing up for a crack at him, however.
Circle Of Fire (13/2) represents Sir Michael Stoute in the Royal silks, while Chesspiece (7/1) is in Godolphin blue for Simon & Ed Crisford and Peking Opera represents Coolmore for Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.
With Andrew Balding's Saint George and the Joseph O'Brien-trained St Vincents Garden (11/1) both potential improvers - the latter with William Buick note in the saddle - the favourite will have to be as good as the hype to oblige.
The day ends as it began, with a devilish five-furlong sprint and a huge field - this time 26 - making life tough.
Little Big Bear won last year for Aidan O'Brien and he's got a 200,000 gns colt in Johannes Brahms (5/1) in the mix now after a debut win at Naas.
Charlie Johnston's Goodwood winner Barnwell Boy (3/1) heads the betting and is the mount of Oisin Murphy, while Philip Makin's Ganesha (40/1) and Bombay Bazaar for Richard Fahey are also notables in a deep race.
Dominic Ffrench-Davis' youngsters are flying this season and he's got Sir Bolton (33/1) in the Amo Racing colours, while the same owners send out Maximum Impact after successive wins at Leicester (heavy) and here (good) already.
The week begins at Royal Ascot with three mouth-watering Group One races, including the King’s Stand Stakes, where star Australian filly Coolangatta will be bidding to prove she is the fastest sprinter on the planet on turf.
Elsewhere on Day One, two Classic winners take each other on in the St James’s Palace Stakes, while Inspiral returns to action in the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race of the meeting.
We look at all seven races on day one of with a reminder that you can follow all the Royal Ascot action via the bet365 live Sports Streaming Service throughout the week.
The latter is making her first appearance of the year, just like she did 12 months ago when winning the Coronation Stakes.
Chindt, 14/1, is the only C&D in this field of 12. The five-year-old won a Listed race here last month before finishing a close second behind Modern Games in the Lockinge.
The two-year-olds are in action in the Coventry Stakes, a sprint race over 6f.
River Tiber is 15/8 to continue his 100% record and give his trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-extending 10th success.
The Ballydoyle trainer has chosen to just declare one runner in the field, so he must be confident in his Navan and Naas winner.
George Boughey’s colt Asadna is 7/2 in the betting to add to his victory at Ripon. He could not have been any more impressive at the Yorkshire venue on his debut, scoring by 12 lengths.
Frankie Dettori, who is riding at Royal Ascot for the final time this year, has been booked to ride Givemethebeatboys, 9/2, for Jessica Harrington. The colt won a Group Three contest over this distance at the Curragh last time out.
Australia have produced some exceptional sprinters over the years, and the latest to join that list could be Coolangatta.
She won three consecutive races at the highest level. John Quinn’s runner was second at York on his seasonal reappearance. Her connections will be hoping she is sharper for this assignment.
A field of 20 runners has been declared for this year’s renewal. Manaccan is 7/1 to give Dettori a second win in this race, last season’s Queen Mary winner, Dramatised is 11/2, Australian colt Cannonball is 10/1, while Twilight Gleaming is for US-trainer Ward.
With two Classic winners in this field, and a bunch of unexposed three-year-olds, the St James’s Palace Stakes could be one of the races of this week at Royal Ascot. Chaldean is 2/1 to add to his success in the 2,000 Guineas at where he was mightily impressive.
O’Brien is represented by Paddington who is . He won a Classic in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, his fourth straight success on the spin. Victory here would be an even greater achievement for the son of Siyouni.
Cicero’s Gift (5/1), Mostabshir (9/1) and Isaac Shelby () are all horses who could be anything as they have low mileage on the clock in their careers. This would be some race for them to land and make a name for themselves at the highest level.
Some of the biggest names in National Hunt racing feature here, with Willie Mullins, Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliott all represented in this 2m4f contest. Given the stamina needed, dual purpose horses tend to do well.
In this race 12 months ago, Bring On The Night finished a close second behind Coltrane. The Irish horse is to go one place better this time around on his first appearance since the 2022 Royal Ascot Meeting.
Henderson won this race in 2011 with Veiled. Ahorsewithnoname is 13/2 to give the Seven Barrows man a second success, while Law Of The Sea is to provide Ian Williams with a memorable winner.
Who could forget the scenes in 2013 when Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup for the late Queen Elizabeth II?
The gelding was second at Newmarket on his opening appearance of the season and he is expected to appreciate this step up in distance.
Former Derby contender Bolshoi Ballet has had Group One success around the world. The five-year-old is 15/2 to win a big race in the UK here, while Buckaroo (7/1) will carry top weight for trainer Joseph O’Brien.
Former Triumph Hurdle winner Vauban is the star attraction in the final race on day one of Royal Ascot.
Mullins will also saddle Absurde (6/1), a horse who prevailed on his debut for his yard over hurdles at Killarney last month. The five-year-old has a lot of experience on the Flat in France.